McPherson Hospital is in the middle of a transition to join other hospitals in the highly-digitized world of modern medicine.
Since June 5, the hospital has been in the process of shifting from the paper-dependent past to a future without physical records. Departments have been implementing the new MEDITECH system, which fully digitizes patient records and streamlines hospital record-keeping and management.
The results of those changes are right in front of patients’ eyes. As more and more records are moved to the hospital’s new digitized record system, which is identical to the systems deployed in other Via Christi facilities throughout the state, bedside charts are disappearing. Physicians are conducting rounds with tablet computers in hand, and nurses can be seen pushing mobile computer systems — workstations on wheels, as they are called around the hospital — into which patient information is directly input.
By bypassing paper from the start, the hospital steps into a new era of medicine, one in which patient data collected at one facility quickly can be accessed by physicians at another.